Sesame Place becomes first theme park to be designated as Certified Autism Center

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The announcement came on World Autism Awareness Day.

By Franki Rudnesky, nbcchicago.com

Pennsylvania’s Sesame Place has become the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), saying it has committed to special training for workers and assistance for families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Langhorne, Bucks County-based park, which opens for its 38th season on April 28, announced this week that staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training had been completed, allowing for the park’s distinction as a CAC.

CAC designation by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) requires the park to provide ongoing training — every two years to be exact — to team members so they have the necessary skills and knowledge to interact with families that have children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum.

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